Anam Cara: Wisdom from the Celtic World [John O’Donohue] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Saint Patrick first came to Ireland in. In Anam Cara (Gaelic for “soul friend”), John O’Donohue invites you into the magical and unobtrusive world of your own divinity, to a place in the soul where. Anam Cara and the Essence of True Friendship: Poet and Philosopher John O’ Donohue on the Beautiful Ancient Celtic Notion of Soul-Friend.
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I refer to this book several times a week, just to anxm a few pages or a chapter. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.
John O’Donohue Quotes (Author of Anam Cara)
If you want comfort, insight and inspiration — pick this book up. Is it poetry hiding as prose? O’Donohue ends each chapter with a lyrical blessing or prayer, and his book itself is a profound, healing prayer.
One concept I found interesting is his premise that the body is IN the soul–rather than the soul being in the body. Somehow O’Donahue transmits pure substance into language, but it’s invisible to me how he does it. No one I have ever met who has read him is not head over heels.
This writer was some philosopher and a really great writer. When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow.
In fact, it is the most real and creative form of human presence. What is nearest to the heart is often farthest from the word. A passage would leap out at me in an almost Biblical way, and I would think, “That was really good. As time remains free of all that it frames, May your mind stay clear of all it names. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. At times like that I may be too impatient for this beautiful book, and it is my loss. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits.
Shrikanya This book is for everyone. May you treasure your friends. This book is about working the nothingness, the emptiness, as we create meaning and form in our lives.
I love his poems so tried this book. Dec 31, Kirsten rated it it was amazing. He even reflects on death as the invisible companion who walks the road of life with us from birth. I found myself rereading sentences, wondering if I had got There were parts of this book that really spoke to me.
Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. I read it about 15 years ago and found it syrupy, and in the intervening years I have changed a lot so I assumed my reading of it would be different and the richness would be more palatable, and yet there was still something slightly saccharine to me about it.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours. There is a divine restlessness in the human heart, our eternal echo of longing that lives deep within us and never lets us settle for what we have or where we are.
But many miles deep. It is not a religious dictate. For too long we have been blind to the cognitive riches of feeling and the affective depth of ideas. Is this religion hiding as beauty?
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A joining that is ancient and eternal, a place where you belonged. Where you are understood, you are at home. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. What a fucking beautiful book. In Anam Cara, Gaelic for soul friend, the ancient teachings, stories, and blessings of Celtic wisdom provide such profound insights on the universal themes of friendship, solitude, love, and death as: If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.
The whole world cried when John died. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
This is truly a handbook for being a soul in a human body. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that affected me like this one. Would you recommend this for a non-Christian? With a foreword by Krista Tippett.